For some, the idea of being lost is a nightmare scenario. However, in co-op puzzler Labyrinthine, it’s encapsulated and transformed into a hedge maze horror.
Labyrinthine is an early access cooperative horror game by Valko Game Studios, a UK based team consisting of two developers. The game embraces the idea of working together in order to escape while challenging players to improvise when it comes to survival. Here’s a back-of-the-box synopsis from the game’s Steam page:
“Uncover the dark secrets of an overgrown maze with friends online as you try to escape the horrors within. Together, you will need to solve puzzles, find items and run from the bloodthirsty denizens of the maze as you try and get out alive…”
While working together is key in Labyrinthine, the Steam page suggests that you might not want to stick too close to your comrades:
“When playing online, your team can be an essential asset if you work together and plan ahead… but staying together isn’t always the safest option..
“Surviving the maze will require navigation skills, puzzle solving and planning. Do not fall prey to that which awaits in the maze…”
The maze’s dense foliage, combined with the game’s misty dark aesthetic, makes Labyrinine look truly unsettling. The hedge maze’s inhabitants will undoubtedly pose a real threat to players, yet the build-up to an encounter is sure to play tricks with anxious minds. More often than not, we fear what we can’t see in horror games, which makes the game’s unpredictable maze even more terrifying.
The game also provides players with useful items, which can be used to strategise. From compasses to flare guns, these items are crucial to your survival within the game’s hellish hedge maze.
If you’re looking for something spooky to play with some friends, then Labyrinthine is an excellent option. The game’s currently in early access on Steam, so new features and improvements are bound to be coming to the game in the future.
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Featured Image Credit: Valko Game Studios